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Why use mouthwash?
How to swish like a pro
Choose the right rinse

Why use mouthwash?

Mouthwash does way more than just wash your mouth. It can help brighten your smile, relieve dry mouth, kill germs, and prevent bad breath. But one of the biggest benefits of using a mouthwash like ACT® is its ability to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay, thanks to the superstar-ingredient fluoride.

Combat tooth decay

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be absorbed into the surface of your teeth to strengthen enamel and prevent decay.2 You might have learned about the importance of fluoride in grade school. Fluoride helps kids grow and maintain healthy, strong teeth.2

But you don’t stop needing fluoride when you grow up — it’s even more important for adults than it is for kids.3 ACT ® fluoride rinses have been shown to strengthen teeth up to four times.4

Relieve dry mouth

Dry mouth is a common condition where saliva production is dramatically reduced, making it difficult to keep your mouth hydrated. Aside from being uncomfortable, dry mouth can cause cavities, weakened enamel, and other dental health issues.5

If you suffer from dry mouth, you can find comfort with a mouthwash like ACT® Dry Mouth Mouthwash. It relieves dry mouth symptoms with hydrating oral moisturizers — while helping fight cavities, too.

Whiten teeth

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth for a brighter, megawatt smile? ACT® Whitening Mouthwash gives you whiter teeth in only four days — all with the teeth-strengthening benefits of fluoride.

Freshen breath

Need to get rid of bad breath? A quick swish with a mouth rinse is an easy way to stay fresh when you’re up close and personal. ACT® rinses are available in a range of crisp flavors for maximum freshness and maximum confidence.

How to swish like a pro

No, it’s not that complicated! But here are a few pointers to help perfect your swishing technique. Be sure to check the label of your mouthwash for product-specific recommendations.


Use once or twice a day after brushing your teeth 


Swish it around for about a minute


Spit it out (please don’t swallow the rinse!)


Don’t eat or drink for at least 30 minutes 


Give yourself a high five

Note: Mouthwash is generally recommended for ages 6 and up. Make sure to supervise your little ones up to 12 years old to ensure good rinsing habits and minimize swallowing.

Choose the right rinse

Now that we’ve covered why and how, it’s time to get rinsing. Out of all fluoride mouth rinses, ACT® is the brand most recommended by dentists and hygienists.6 

But which ACT® mouthwash is right for you?



1. Home Oral Care Recommendations to Reduce the Risk of Caries and Gum Disease. American Dental Association. ada.org

2. Fluoride: Topical and Systemic Supplements. American Dental Association. ada.org

3. CDC Releases Guidelines on Fluoride Use to Prevent Tooth Decay. ADHA. adha.org

4. In lab studies vs. rinsing with water (baseline). Applies only to 0.05% fluoride formulas.

5. American Dental Association, Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). ada.org

6. Among OTC mouth rinses.

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